Faculty Profile

Mark D. Agars

Professor of Psychology
Director, M.S. I/O Psychology Program
Director, Institute for Child Development and Family Relations
Ph.D., Pennsylvania State University, 1999
Industrial/Organizational Psychology

Contact Information

Office:SB-532
Phone:909.537.5433
Fax:909.537.7003
Email: magars@csusb.edu


Research Interests

I am generally interested in research that addresses issues related to gender and diversity in workplace, with an emphasis on understanding the role of contextual and social-cognitive factors. This has included research on diversity management, women’s advancement, the intersection of work and family, among other areas. I also have interests in organizational creativity and innovation, with a particular focus on the role of context in defining and explaining creative processes and outcomes. Most of my research time in the last three years has been spent directing the Work.Family.Life project, which is an applied research and intervention project addressing the work and familiy challenges faced by low-income workers and their families.

Honors and Awards

  • Outstanding Faculty Mentor, California State University, San Bernardino, 2013.
  • Outstanding Faculty Service Award, Psychology Department, California State University, San Bernardino, 2013.
  • President’s Team Achievement Award, California State University, San Bernardino, 2009.
  • Outstanding Faculty Teaching Award, College of Social and Behavioral Sciences, California State University, San Bernardino, 2008.
  • Outstanding Faculty Researcher, Department of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, 2006.
  • Outstanding Faculty Teacher, Department of Psychology, California State University, San Bernardino, 2003.

Courses I Often Teach

  • Graduate Classes
  • Work Motivation
  • Performance Assessment
  • Diversity in Organizations
  • Undergraduate Classes
  • Introductory Psychology
  • Social Psychology
  • Advanced Seminar in Psychology: Industrial/Organizational

Representative Publications

Agars, M.D., & French, K.A. (forthcoming). Considering underrepresented populations in work and family. In T. Allen & L. Eby (Eds.), Oxford Handbook of Work and Family. Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (forthcoming). Creating and sustaining positive careers for women: A closer look at organizational context. Chapter to appear in A. Broadbridge & S. Fielden (Eds.), Handbook of Gendered Careers In Management. Northhampton, MA: Edward Elger.

Kottke, J.L., Pelletier, K.L., & Agars, M.D. (2013). Measuring follower confidence in top leadership direction. Leadership and Organization Development, 34(4), 292-307.

Agars, M.D., Kaufman, J.C., Deane, A., & Smith, B. (2012). Fostering individual creativity through organizational context: A review of recent research and recommendations for organizational leaders. In M. Mumford’s (Ed.) Handbook of Organizational Creativity. London: Elsevier.

Agars, M.D., & French, K.A. (2011). What if work and family research actually considered workers and their families? Industrial and Organizational Psychology: Perspectives on Science and Practice, 4, 375-378.

Agars, M. D., Reimer, J. F., Deane, A., Smith, B., & Young, D (2010). Mere-effort in response to stereotype threat in health care: Testing a social cognitive approach to reducing health disparities. American Journal of Epidemiology, 171, S67.

Kaufman, J. C., Baer, J., Agars, M. D., & Loomis, D. (2010). Creativity stereotypes and the Consensual Assessment Technique. Creativity Research Journal, 22, 200-205.

Agars, M.D., Reimer, J.F., Young, D. Bleakney, D., & Vale, M. (2009). Social cognition in the patient-physician relationship: Stereotype threat and executive control. American Journal of Epidemiology, 169,S61.

Kaufman, J.C., & Agars, M.D. (2009). Being creative with the predictors and criteria for success. American Psychologist, 64, 280-281.

Kaufman, J.C., Agars, M. D., & Lopez-Wagner, M. C. (2008). The role of personality and motivation in predicting early college academic success in non-traditional students at a Hispanic-serving institution. Learning and Individual Differences, 18, 492-496.

Agars, M.D., Kaufman, J.C., & Locke, T.R. (2008). Social influence and creativity in organizations: A multilevel lens for theory, research, and practice. In M. Mumford, (Ed.), Multi-Level Issues in Organizational Innovation. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: JAI Press.

Agars, M.D., & Kaufman, J.C. (2008). Facing ambiguities in organizational creativity and innovation research: Choices made in the mud. In M. Mumford, (Ed.), Multi-level issues in organizational innovation. Amsterdam, The Netherlands: JAI Press.

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (2008). Diversity and diversity management in the age of globalization. In C. Wankel (Ed.), The Handbook of 21st Century Management. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

McClure, F., Chavez, D., Agars, M.D., Peacock, M.J., & Matosian, A. (2008). Resilience in sexually abused women: Risk and protective factors. Journal of Family Violence, 23, 81-88.

Oral, G., Kaufman, J.K., & Agars, M.D. (2007). Creativity in Turkey: Do western findings apply? High Ability Studies, 18, 235-246.

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (2007). Organizational structure. Encyclopedia of Industrial and Organizational Psychology. Thousand Oaks: Sage.

Agars, M.D., Baer, J., & Kaufman, J.C. (2005). The many creativities of business and the APT model of creativity. The Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving, 15, 133-142.

Agars, M.D., & Kaufman, J.C. (2005). Creativity in the workplace: Introduction to the special issue. The Korean Journal of Thinking and Problem Solving, 15, 5-6.

Agars, M.D., & Kottke, J.L. (2005). Innovations in diversity management: Advances in practice and thought. In C. Cooper & R. Burke (Eds.), Reinventing HR: Challenges and New Directions. London: Routledge.

Kottke, J.L., & Agars, M.D. (2005). Understanding the processes that facilitate and hinder efforts to advance women in organizations. Career Development International, 10, 190-202.

Agars, M.D. (2004). Reconsidering the impact of gender stereotypes on the advancement of women in organizations. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 18, 103-108.

Agars, M.D., & Kottke, J.L. (2004). Models and practice of diversity management: A historical review and presentation of a New Integration Theory. In M. S. Stockdale and F. J. Crosby (Eds.), The Psychology and Management of Workplace Diversity. Oxford, UK: Blackwell.

Peacock, M.J., McClure, F., & Agars, M.D. (2003). Predictors of delinquent behaviors among Latino youth. Journal of Urban Review, 35, 59-72.

Agars, M.D. & Kottke, J.L. (2001) Review of T. Lapidus, High-impact training: Getting results and respect. Personnel Psychology, 53, 1040-1053.